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May 13, 2014

Prepping Challenge

Judy over at Patchwork Times came up with an interesting idea.  She has issued a prepping challenge.  Now, I'm no prepper.  I don't have a stockpile of food and water that fills an entire room in my house and I don't have a secret bunker to hide out in if there is some major disaster.  I've never had any desire to have anything of the sort.  That being said, for a long time I've worried about what I WOULD do if something happened.

I suppose for me, it started back on 9/11.  You all remember that day.  Well I live in San Antonio, TX, and we are a MAJOR military city.  When everything happened that day, nobody wanted to go out.  We all retreated into our homes.  Baseball practice was cancelled, nobody was at the stores.  It's almost like everyone realized what a massive target our city could be.  That's when I started worrying about being prepared in case something DID happen.

My life being what it's been, financial and personal experiences provided wonderful "excuses" for not preparing myself, and my kids, for anything that could occur.  In my area of Texas, we don't normally have issues with natural disasters, although tornadoes HAVE hit and hurricanes HAVE made it this far inland, but not often.  We don't have earthquakes or snowstorms.  I don't worry overly about natural disasters.  But I do worry about our city being a target and not having power, or food, or water, for an extended period of time.

This is why Judy's challenge appealed to me.  It is helping me to stop making excuses and start taking certain steps to resolving the issue.

This week's challenge should be simple!  Eat at home and use only what we have at home to prepare our meals.  No trips to the grocery store.  Luckily, I went to H.E.B. on Friday and bought enough groceries to last the week, so, theoretically, I should be able to achieve this.

Sunday I put chicken in to marinate over night so when I got home from work Monday, it was a simple process to fry up some chicken.  I also made twice the amount of mashed potatoes I would need on Sunday night so we had that leftover on Monday, along with corn and green beans.  It was delicious and relatively easy.

But, I did realize Monday that I made a mistake at the grocery store.  I thought that I had sugar at home and needed flour.  When I got home, I realized I now had two bags of flour and no sugar.  And as I made my gallons of sweet tea on Monday evening (yes, I'm a southern girl through and through) I found that there is no way I have enough sugar for another batch of tea.  I will HAVE to go back to H.E.B. at some point this week.

But for Monday, I met the challenge.

Today as well.  I had leftovers from last night for my lunch at work.  And I wanted something simple for dinner so I made tacos, spanish rice and refried beans.  Delicious, economical, and made with stuff I already had in the apartment.

I'm not a prepper.  But I will become better prepared for what life throws my way.  Won't you join me?

Linking up with Patchwork Times.


  1. Could you borrow or trade a neighbor for the sugar?

    1. That may be a possibility. Definitely worth trying!!

  2. Good for you Cathy! You made it through 2 days just fine. Now you know you need to have at least an extra bit of sugar stashed away for your sweet tea emergency. :)

    1. Lol....exactly! There is just NO WAY to get through a week without my tea!